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        (10/10/2001) a God of second chances
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: a God of second chances

[Matthew 20:9]
And when they came that were hired about the eleventh
hour, they received every man a penny.

The above story was part of a parable by Jesus. The
master of the vineyard went out to get workers. The
workers that came first and the workers that came at
the eleventh hour got the same wages. It did not seem

Guess what? We are the eleventh hour generation now.
God has given us special favour and special grace. And
God isn't fair in that sense because we have special
favour. The great exchange has taken place and Jesus
has become a curse for us that we may be accepted by

Many people still do not understand this. The recent
World Trade Center tragedy brought many emails to my
mail box, some of which are prophecies of doom, gloom
and judgement saying that God is punishing the people
of America for their sins. I did not feel comfortable
reading them because God does not send evil to His
people to punish them.

God is just and yet He loves us. That was why we see
people being punished in the Old Testament. He loves
us but He is just. In the new Testament, we see a
slightly different story.

For example, I was recently reading the story of
Samson in the Old Testament. Samson seemed to be
taking so many wrong turns. He went to prostitutes.
And yet, when I read about the account of Samson in
the New Testament, I only learn of his heroism. The
account in the New Testament made no mention of his

[Hebrews 11:32-33]
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would
fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of
Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel,
and of the prophets:
33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths
of lions.

Similarly, in the New Testament Abraham was called a
man of faith who did not waver when God promised him a
son. We all know what happened to Abraham. He gave in
to his weakness when he saw no son forthcoming and
took matters into his own hand by taking his wife's
maid to help get him a son.

What had changed? Did God change? No, it is the same
God with the same loving and yet just character. This
was also what my pastor called "God's dilemma".

God solved this dilemma by sending us Jesus. What had
changed in the timeline was Jesus. Jesus became the
place of exchange and took the punishment of our sin.
God does not judge us now because sin has been
punished through Jesus. God will not send calamity and
judgement and remove all evil now because the time of
judgement is not now. Humanity is given a second
chance and the gospel is to be preached to all nations
because God desires that all will be saved.

Jesus came to show us the heart of God. He came to
give us the right interpretation of God. For example:

Old Testament: [Deuteronomy 6:13]
Thou shalt FEAR the Lord thy God, and serve him, and
shalt swear by his name.

New Testament: [Matthew 4:10]
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for
it is written, Thou shalt WORSHIP the Lord thy God,
and him only shalt thou serve.

Jesus gave us a new understanding of the scriptures
and of the character of God. For example we received
the right interpretation of the FEAR of the Lord by
Jesus as WORSHIP. That is the difference between a
Christian and other religions. Other people still
believe in a holy God that they have to fear and sin
have to be punished. We believe that sin is already
punished and we are already accepted in the Beloved.
The main difference is one Man and His Name is Jesus.

Do you want to know what Jesus taught His disciples on
judgement and punishment?

[Luke 9:52-56]
52 And He sent messengers before his face: and they
went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to
make ready for Him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face
was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this,
they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to
come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye
know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's
lives, but to save them.

If we understand the heart of God and what He has
promised in this One Man, Jesus, we would stop
accepting judgement and guilt and start living as a
son of God. We will stop letting guilt and judgement
hinder us from making bold steps in God. We will start
living knowing that we are accepted in the beloved and
no matter how we have failed God, when we come to Him,
we are accepted and we have a second chance at life.
He did not come to destroy us but to save us.

2. New prayer requests:
i. Please pray for my husband & our marriage. -- guest

ii. Need to be restored! -- guest

iii. covenant relationships in marriages -- guest

iv. Prayer for husband and daughter -- lisa101

v. Found newest medical technology. Need your prayers.
-- zipporah

vi. drug abuse - husband -- april1758

vii. Christian American Aid workers in Kabul -- guest

3. Number of prayer warriors: 995
We welcome maxx, holy spirit, gary, jonelle purnell,
hutchb4, confused, maguphe, hoho, dios es amor,
lisaellenpratt, beg, willmay, kolekshuns,
revelationwoman, beautifuljoy, yammie oke, hunter519,
mom, 6595, llovlygirl, iloy, jeisal, formed4god22 and
mthomp1595 into our prayer group.

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in Christ,
Wai Hun 
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 12:32:45 AM   waihun

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